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Sunday, March 11, 2007

On Illegal Immigration, History and Vigilance

Source: The Bradenton Herald

Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Venice (FL), addressed the 13th annual Leaven Conference yesterday. What did he have to say on the subject of the illegal alien invasion? Let's listen in...
"We are obligated to turn our Christian faith into action. Their needs, their desires are no different. We have to see them as our brothers and sisters in need."
As a church? Go for it. As a nation? Not so much.

As hard as it is to get this concept through some people's thick skulls, it is most definitely NOT the mandate of the U.S. government to take responsibility for the "needs" and "desires" of millions of aliens who broke to law to come, stay and work here. Ours is -- allegedly, anyway -- a representative government. Those we have elected are charged with protecting and serving the citizens of this nation, not all those who manage to land on our soil by hook or by crook.
"They're human beings, just like you and I."
With ya on the human part. Just like you and I? Well, I'm not breaking any laws just by being here, Bishop. How about you? Any juicy tidbits you'd care to share?
"We are a country that came about because of chance. It can only make us stronger."
A country that came about because of chance? Because of chance? Tell that to the people who left their homelands to forge a new one based on freedoms they had been denied. Tell that to all those who have given their lives to maintain that freedom and defend this nation. The very notion that we are strong because of "chance" is absurd...and anyone who believes that crock of shit only weakens this country.
"Vigilant is not in keeping with our country. To sit at a border with guns, it's not who we are."
vig-i-lant
1. keenly watchful to detect danger; wary: a vigilant sentry.
2. ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful.

For starters, I have no problem with guns at the border if that's what is required to enforce the sovereignty of this nation. Our government has racked up a pretty lousy record doing it without guns, that's for sure. If said government has to use firepower to enforce the border, so be it. If they refuse, the citizens may have to take up arms and do it themselves. Hopefully it doesn't come to that, but it's our right and, frankly, it ain't lookin' good.

An unwatched border, much like an unwatched politician, is a recipe for disaster. Any citizen who is not vigilant is foolishly in danger of giving this country away on a silver platter.

I cast my vote for vigilance.

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